If it takes a major effort to bring water to the region for irrigation and governmental subsidies to make it financially feasible it doesn't sound like an ideal place to grow crops.
I agree with Jnaujok on this one. The problem isn't that the land was never used for farming. The problem is that the farming has grown well past the size that the area could support without involving the US Corps. of Engineers and having farm subsidies.
Efficiencies in food production are irrelevant. People talk about an "efficient" food chain to avoid discussing the real problem which is population control.
If our population growth continues unabated, we will be deforesting to grow crops to grow food instead of feed.
To eliminate meat production because of some idealized fantasy that a vegetarian life will save us all is equivalent to rearranging the deck chair on the Titanic. It may make people feel good to pursue the goal because they feel like they are solving a problem but in reality the inevitable will happen regardless.
I'm sure the overuse of water has more to do with people insisting on living in areas where there isn't enough water to sustain the population or land use than growing crops explicitly for feed.
Farms do not shut down voluntarily. If they aren't using the water to grow alfalfa then they would just use it to grow a different cash crop.
I think the report is a creative way to further the vegan agenda.
Several rail companies were offering intermodal cargo transportation (truck to rail to truck) since the 1960's.
Even FedEx and UPS use rail to transport their trailers and containers.
A 10% increase in fuel prices would have a notable impact on OTR trucking, even if it didn't substantially change my transportation habits.
Keep in mind that the OTR industry has already absorbed a fuel cost increase from $1.509/gal (2003) to $3.992/gal (2013) [source: EIA].
The educational system has turned into the educator of many trades and the master of none already.
I would argue that we teach too many subjects in high school as it is. We need to not only increase the high school graduation rates but also have the graduates have an equivalent of a 12 grade intelligence when they graduate.
What else would you expect from the TSA? Their #1 job is to justify their existence and the only way they can is by finding more "restricted items". When passengers start complying with the current set of rules, the amount of restricted items goes down. To counter this downward trend, it is TSA HQ's job to issue more directives that are designed to increase the number of confiscations and therefore increase the justification for the TSA.
Who else would keep these "dangerous" items off the plane?
I was taken aback when I heard the news. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. My understanding is that it may have been a heart attack.
You will be missed Jim. RIP.
From the article:
A likely explanation for recent slowdowns is that Netflix usage went up, but peering and transit bandwidth didn't. Verizon and Comcast also haven't joined Netflix's "Open Connect" content delivery network, which can improve Netflix performance by placing video caches closer to customers.
After this story published, one commenter pointed out that the declines in performance came after Netflix started delivering its so-called "Super HD" and 3D video to all customers, even those whose ISPs are not members of Open Connect. This may have increased the traffic load.
Things could get worse for Verizon customers. While Comcast is still bound to follow the FCC's net neutrality rules due to conditions placed on its merger with NBCUniversal, Verizon is under no such obligation...
Both companies are slow to upgrade their peering infrastructure and they both have been in disputes with bandwidth providers over compensation (eg. Level3). Net neutrality never applied in these two cases.